MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - The championship celebration was in full swing for the Minnesota Lynx.
Their Wednesday night Game 5 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks marked the team's fourth championship title in just seven years.
Thursday evening, hundreds of fans lined University Avenue in Minneapolis to cheer on the Lynx in a victory parade. Lynx players cruised the streets in style, riding in sports cars in a parade to Williams Arena.
“This is for them. We play so hard for each other and for the fans, so it’s just a beautiful celebration,” said Maya Moore, Lynx forward.
Players, like Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen, threw out candy and t-shirts to the crowd.
“We needed everybody and the atmosphere was crazy,” said Whalen. “We were pretty locked into what we wanted to do, but we know you guys helped a lot of those runs. We just thank you guys for all of your support being there for us all season, especially last night. It was a night I know all of us will never forget. It was a special one. We were happy to have done it here.”
The night ended with a ceremony at Williams Arena, where they sealed the deal the night before. They thanked the fans for their ongoing support.
“I didn’t expect this,” said Seimone Augustus, Lynx shooting guard/forward. “You know, we went through a lot of hard times, obviously, to get to this point. But I’ll do it all over again if it’s going to work out like this.”
“And then we had to change it again,” said Cheryl Reeve, Lynx Head Coach. “And some of your seats weren’t as good as you were hoping. Some of y’all didn’t have chair backs. I get it. I understand, but you were there for us. And, so, we so appreciate you all. The best fans in the WNBA. Thank you all.”